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John Pickard

Accolade Group
John Pickard was the founding Executive Director of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College and served in that role from 2014 to 2019. John honed his skills in marketing and sales with global marketers Bristol-Myers and Warner- Lambert. Following that he became Vice President of Telemedia Publishing, then Canada’s largest consumer magazine publisher. He entered the entrepreneurial ranks when he joined a start-up in the prepaid card market, which was ultimately sold to AT&T. This led to the acquisition of Orlando-based New Horizons, a cell phone company that John and his partners took public and eventually exited.  John spent the 6 years prior to joining Georgian College mentoring entrepreneurs with Mars Discovery District, Bio-enterprise Corporation, and Innovation Guelph. He has been a Board member with the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Georgian Angel Network, and the Sandbox Centre.

Tom Ambeau

Ambeau Consulting

Are you in need of a strategic planning session for your business, but don’t know where to start? Do you have some strategic plans on the go, but need a sounding board to move you in the right direction? Entrepreneur in Residence, Tom has experienced it all – from scaling businesses to getting IPO ready and from building operational strategies to raising capital. Tom also has experience in Operations and Plant Management, and General Management. We invite companies of all sizes to meet with Tom and talk some strategy. Register here!

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